William Eggleston
[Photographer, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, lives in Memphis.]

 Whatever it is about pictures, photographs, it’s just about impossible to follow up with words. They don’t have anything to do with each other. 
 You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too. 
 I am at war with the obvious. 
 We have a few things in common—smoking, drinking, and women. Photography just gets us out of the house. (To photographer Juergen Teller) 
 I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important. 
 I don’t have a burning desire to go out and document anything. It just happens when it happens. It’s not a conscious effort, nor is it a struggle. Wouldn’t do it if it was. The idea of the suffering artist has never appealed to me. Being here is suffering enough. 
 I don’t really look at other people’s photographs at all. It takes enough time to look at my own. 
 I never know beforehand. Until I see it. It just happens all at once. I take a picture very quickly and instantly forget about it. 
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